The National Museum of Western Art

update 11 August 2020

on display Permanent collection

Johannes Vermeer (attributed to) [1632 - 1675]

Saint Praxedis

Materials/TechniquesOil on canvas
Size (cm)101.6 x 82.6
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: Meer 1655
Collection NumberDEP.2014-0001
Saint Praxedis

Provenance

Erna and Jacob Reder, New York, 1943; With Spencer Samuels & Co., New York, 1969; The Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection, by whom acquired from the above in 1987; Sold at Christie's London, 8 July 2014, lot 39; Deposited to the NMWA, 2014.

Exhibition History

1969
Florentine Baroque Art from American Collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1969 - 1969, no. 39, pp. 22, 44-45, illustrated as Ficherelli.
1984
Inaugural Exhibition, Spencer A. Samuels Gallery, New York, 1984 - 1984, no. 14, as by Vermeer
1990
Opus Sacrum: Catalogue of the Exhibition from the Collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson, The Royal Castle, Warsaw, 1990 - 1990, no. 48, pp. 11, 272-277, illustrated, as by Vermeer
1991
Jan Vermeer van Delft, St. Praxedis: An Exhibition of a Painting from the Collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson, International Cultural Centre and the Wawel Royal Castle, Cracow, 1991 - 1991, pp. 8-28, as by Vermeer
1995
Johannes Vermeer, The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 12 November 1995 - 11 February 1996, The Mauritshuis, the Hague, 1 March-2 June 1996, no. 1, pp. 86-89, as by Vermeer
1998
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675): Sainte Praxedis, Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation, Monaco, 1998 - 1998, pp. 4-37, as by Vermeer
2012
Vermeer: Il secolo d'oro dell'arte olandese, Scuderia del Quirinale, Rome, 27 September 2012 - 20 January 2013, no. 45a, as by Vermeer

Bibliography

1968
Kühn, Hermann. A study of the pigments and grounds used by Jan Vermeer. Report and Studies in the History of Art. vol. 2. 1968, pp. 154-202.
1969
Kitson, M. Current and forthcoming exhibitions: Florentine Baroque Art in New York. The Burlington Magazine. vol. 111, June 1969, p. 410, as by Vermeer.
1974
Hannema, D. Nieuws over Johannes Vermeer van Delft. Enkele mededelingen. 1974-75, p. 22, illustrated p. 30.
1975
Blankert, Albert. Johannes Vermeer van Delft 1632-1675. 1975, p. 112, no. 5.
1976
Wright, C. Vermeer. London, 1976, p. 7, fig. 3, as 'attributed to Vermeer'.
1978
D. Hannema, "Problemen rondom Vermeer van Delft". Boymans Bijdragen. Ebbinge, J. C., ed. Rotterdam, 1978, p. 95, illustrated p. 6.
1978
Blankert, Albert. Vermeer of Delft: Complete Edition of the Paintings. Oxford, Phaidon, 1978, p. 75, note no. 13, as a copy after Ficherelli.
1986
Wheelock, Aethur K. Jr. Saint Praxedis: new light on the early career of Vermeer. Artibus et Historiae, no. 14, 1986, pp. 71-89, figs. 1,3-4, 7-13, 15-16, 19-20, as by Vermeer.
1986
Aillaud, G.; Blankert, Albert; Montias, John Michael. Vermeer. Paris, Hazan, 1986 (reprinted Amsterdam, 1992), p. 163, note no. 5.
1987
Richard, P. Trying to verify a Vermeer. International Herald Tribune. 25:18, 1987, p. 18, illustrated.
1988
Wheelock, Aethur K. Jr. Vermeer. New York, Abrams, 1988, pp. 8, 13, 50-51, pl. 2, as by Vermeer.
1989
Montias, John Michael. Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1989, pp. 140-143, 146, fig. 17.
1991
Jan Vermeer van Delft: St. Praxedis (exh. cat.). The Wawel Royal Castle, Cracow, May-September 1991. 1991, as by Vermeer.
1992
Liedtke, Walter. "Vermeer teaching himself". Rembrandt Och Hans Tid, Rembrandt and His Age (exh. cat.). The Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 2 October 1992-6 January 1993. [1992], pp. 96, 104-105, nos. 37-38, illustrated p. 96, fig. 3, as possibly by Vermeer.
1992
Chong, W. Johannes Vermeer: Gezicht op Delft. Bloemendaal, 1992, pp. 21, 89, no. 23.
1992
Blankert Albert; Montias, John Michael; Aillaud, Gilles; Ruurs, Rob; Watering, Willem L van de. Vermeer. Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1992, p. 163, no. 5.
1993
Montias, J. M. Vermeer en zijn milieu. Baarn, 1993, pp. 162-163, illustrated p. 17.
1993
Broos, B. Intimacies and Intrigues. History Painting in the Mauritshuis, The Hague/ Ghent, 1993, p. 314, no. 41, as possibly the 'missing link' between Christ in the House of Mary and Martha and Diana and her Companions.
1993
Weber, Gregor J. M. Antoine Dézallier d'Argenville unf fünf Künstler namens Jan van der Meer. Oud Holland. vol. 107, no.3, 1993, p. 301, fig. 7, as Jan van der Meer of Utrecht.
1995
Wheelock, Arthur K. Jr. Vermeer & the Art of Painting. New Haven/ London, Yale University Press, 1995, pp. 7, 20-27, 29, 34, 36, 113, 163, 169, illustrated p. 20, pl. 8, as by Vermeer.
1995
Wright, C. Vermeer: Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1995, as possibly by Vermeer.
1996
Van Eck, X. Exhibition reviews: Vermeer in The Hague. Apollo, vol. 148, no. 411, May 1996, p. 47, as 'hotly disputed'.
1996
Franits, Wayne. "Vermeer, Johannes". The Dictionary of Art. Turner, Jane, ed. vol, 32, New York, Grove, 1996, p. 262, 'the controversial Saint Praxedis also testifes to Vermeer's exposure to Italian art'.
1996
Brown, Christopher. Exhibition review: Washington ant the Hague, Vermeer. The Burlington Magazine. vol. 138, no. 1117, April 1996, p. 281- 282, fig. 75, as attributed to Vermeer, with reservations.
1998
Bok, Marten Jan. "Not to be confused with the sphinx of Delft: the Utrecht Painter Johannes van der Meer (Schipluiden 1630-1695/ 1697 Vreeswijk?)". Vermeer Studies: Studies in the History of Art, 55, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Symposium Papers 33. Gaskell, Ivan; Jonker, Michiel, eds. New Haven/ London, 1998, pp. 67-68, 75, 79, as probably Italian, not by van der Meer or Vermeer.
1998
Broos, Ben. "Vermeer: malice and misconception". Vermeer Studies: Studies in the History of Art, 55, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Symposium Papers 33. Gaskell, Ivan; Jonker, Michiel, eds. New Haven/ London, 1998, p. 30, as 'the latest wrongly attributed Vermeer'.
1998
Wadum, Jørgen. "Contours of Vermeer". Vermeer Studies: Studies in the History of Art, 55, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Symposium Papers 33. Gaskell, Ivan; Jonker, Michiel, eds. New Haven/ London, 1998
1998
Wheelock, A. Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675): Sainte Praxedis (exh. cat.). Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation, Monaco. 1998, pp. 5-34, as by Vermeer.
2000
Liedtke, W. A View of Delft: Vermeer and His Contemporaries. Zwolle, 2000, p. 197, as not by Vermeer.
2001
W. Liedtke, Vermeer and the Deflt School (exh. cat.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 8 March-27 May 2001. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, pp. 581-582, no. 87, as probably Florentine.
2001
The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer. Frantis, Wayne E., ed. Cambridge/ New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001, 'the controversial Saint Praxedis'.
2012
Buvelot, Quentin. Exhibition: Vermeer and Dutch painting. The Burlington Magazine. vol. 154, no. 1317, December 2012, p. 873.

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